By Staff, Louisiana Baptist Message
MONTES CLAROS, Brazil – David Denton is urging Louisiana Baptists to join the annual summer mission trip to Brazil for a chance to experience a life-changing opportunity and the ability to impact an area that is open and receptive to the Gospel, Denton told the Baptist Message.
Last year, 120 participants led thousands to the Lord.
Denton, senior pastor of Highland Baptist Church in New Iberia, served as co-director last year with his father-in-law and retired Louisiana Baptist evangelism and church growth director Wayne Jenkins, who passed away Nov. 13 after leading 34 trips there.
“Wayne Jenkins had a heart for the Brazilian people and led others to see how important volunteer missions are to the Great Commission,” Denton said. “The trip this year will honor his legacy as well as fulfill our divine mandate to make disciples. This one trip that is ready made for those who want to be involved in going to the furthest corners of the earth.”
The team will leave for Brazil July 5 and return July 16 — or July 18 if volunteers elect to stay two more days for an excursion.
Most of the team’s work will take place in Montes Claros, a city of 394,000 people in the northern part of the state of Minas Gerais.
The team will evangelize on the streets and through sports clinics, church revivals, Vacation Bible Schools, medical/dental clinics and drama performances, as well as construct churches.
Denton said there are pressing needs for a physician, construction workers and youth to be part of a drama team.
He also invited pastors to sign up.
The cost of the trip is $2,350, or $2,650 for the extended stay, and covers housing, meals, airfare, daily transportation, airport transfers, insurance, tips and team t-shirts.
Visas no longer are needed.
“We are looking forward to working with our friends in Brazilian Baptist churches to help them reach their communities,” Denton said. “Without fail these trips are always showcases for God to put his miraculous grace and mercy on display. This year will be no exception.”
For more information on serving in Brazil, call 337-359-7689, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for sign up is April 15, and a $300 non- refundable deposit is due as soon as possible.